Tubeless versus Tubed Tires
I am wondering what the advantages/disadvantages of each are. I have a Mountain bike and I am shopping for new tires.
Please do a search. There is much information already posted.
Originally Posted by xylog
Keep in mind that you'll need a tubeless rim, or a Stan's conversion to run a tubeless tire. here is my experience with tubeless tires. In 16 months (since I went tubeless) of hard riding, I have NEVER had a flat tire .... NEVER! I've run over countless thorns (I don't even look anymore!), and even pinched the tire once, and the Stan's Sealant always fixed the puncture on-the-fly. I am able to run a low tire pressure, so the slick, and technical stuff is now a breeze. I will never go back to tubes - never. I hate having to stop my ride for flat tires, and I absolutely LOVE the way the tubeless tires handle.
The only downside is that most tubeless tires are a bit heavier than their tubed counterparts, but once you take into account the weight of the tube, they are comparable. Regardless, for reasons stated above, I've never own a 26" tire that requires a tube again.
I posted the exact same post when i just signed up, not knowing that there are SO many psots about tubeless tires. I agree do a search before you post any thread. Also check in the mountain biking section.
Tubeless are used maily for off road-riding, i dont know a lot about them but from what i've heard is that they are strong and you can set them to a low pressure for grip easily (like bac said).
Unless your into off-road i would bother with them, just get some stong tubes.
Thanx for the info and taking the time to reply. I did search the forums and found alot of good info. Though I decided not to go with the tubeless tires at this time I found some good recommendations on these tires:
They seem to be a good compromise between slicks and off road knobbies. I currently use my bike to commute to work which is paved for the most part, and I go offroading only seldomly.